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Dennis Christopher Shafer

Posted January 17, 2014 in Obituaries, Grimes

July 22, 1954 – January 15, 2014

Dennis Shafer

Dennis Shafer

Dennis Shafer, 59, died Wednesday, January 15, 2014, at Unity Point Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 18, at Assumption Catholic Church in Granger with burial to follow at Beaver Catholic Cemetery.

Dennis was born July 22, 1954, in Des Moines to Lee and Patricia (Canney) Shafer. He graduated from Dallas Center-Grimes High School in 1972. Dennis married Rita Glodowski on September 27, 1980, in Pine Creek, Wisconsin and they made their home in Grimes where they raised their two sons. He worked for Waste Management in Des Moines for 15 years, retiring in 2013 due to illness. Dennis enjoyed fishing, making people laugh, but most of all he loved spending time with his family and friends.

Dennis is survived by his wife of 33 years, Rita, his children, Ryan (Jessica) Shafer of Urbandale and Eric (Lexi) Shafer of Grimes; his grandchildren, Carter Shafer and Emmalyn Shafer; his siblings, Mike (Kathy) Shafer of Bouton, Patrick (Doug) Shafer of Des Moines, Colleen (Charlie) Bingman of Clive, Dan Shafer of Nevada and Tim Shafer of Grimes; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.

The family will receive friends from 6 – 8 p.m. Friday at Iles-Brandt Chapel in Dallas Center. Memorial contributions may be made to the family for a memorial to be directed later. Online condolences will be welcomed at


Information provided by:
Iles Funeral Homes
Brandt Dallas Center Chapel
1301 Ash Street
Dallas Center, IA 50063

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